Another fantastic Wally Wood parody of the funny pages appeared in MAD #68 (January, 1962). Click the image for a readable view.
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January 4, 2012 by The Belated Nerd
November 16, 2011 by The Belated Nerd
Wood’s Li’l Abneh appeared in the same Sunday Funnies pullout from The Worst from MAD #4 as his Blondie and Pogo parodies. Panels from Elder’s Dopgatch Revisited are from Harvey Kurtzman’s Warren publication Help!
September 18, 2011 by The Belated Nerd
A little back story is necessary to really appreciate this 1961 MAD magazine parody by Wally Wood of Walt Kelly‘s Pogo comic strip. Kelly was drawing comic book adaptations of the Little Rascal films for Dell in the early 1940s when he came up with the idea for a comic built around southern swamp life. His first story appeared in Dell’s Animal Comics#1 and featured Albert the alligator, numerous other talking animals, and an eight-year-old black child named Bumbazine (Shown on the right). The only human in the strip, Bumbazine was portrayed as sweet, friendly and naïve, but Kelly felt awkward with racial stereotyping and soon retired Bumbazine with Animal Comics #12, replacing him with an equally innocent and naïve possum, Pogo. In 1949, Walt Kelly adapted the animal characters into the very popular daily comic strip, Pogo.
I’m unsure if Wally Wood is skewering Kelly here for replacing Bumbazine with a possum years earlier or just taking a pot-shot at Pogo‘s progressive cachet by implying a double standard in the segregation debate raging across America in the early Sixties.
September 10, 2011 by The Belated Nerd
Every now and then, while hunting down fifty-year-old ephemera, the zeitgeist of the era jumps right out of the pages of an old book or comic and just smacks me upside the head. That’s the case with this Wally Wood parody of Chic Young’s Blondie. This and fifteen more original comic strip parodies were part of a Sunday funnies pullout included with a MAD magazine collection in 1961 (The Worst from MAD #4). Most people today find nothing funny about domestic violence (even as parody), but its depiction here (and its victim’s reaction to it) is instructive about an all together different attitude prevalent in the early Sixties. Of even greater interest is the perceived decline of the great American white male and the adjustments needed to save the species. Click the image for a larger view.